During our latest podcast, joined by Nfinity, Bofferz, Stealth and Tactical Rab, we discussed the latest news in Call of Duty, an update on the ACL 2019 and the big question.
Kicking off the podcast, Nfinity discussed the recent underlying concerns of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from a competitive spectrum: 12 days since the release and one of the issues still remaining is that the competitive community are still without a confirmed ruleset for the season. However, Stealth reassured that the rule set every year has never been set two weeks into a new game. In Call of Duty: WWII (the previous CWL season), it’s initial release was set 3 November 2017 and the confirmed (and updated) rule set was announced 29 November 2017.
Tactical Rab briefly spoke about the latest of Rostermania - discussing Adam “KiLLa” Sloss and the “Krisis” (...literally) his team had when signing with a new organisation for the start of the Call of Duty season: Krisis Gaming. One of KiLLa’s teammates, Eic “TwiZz” Servello had announced the roster and that they were looking for an organisation to represent during the season. Krisis were a new organisation into the scene and were willing to take on the veteran’s roster. As Tactical Rab states that the freshly faced organisation using player like KiLLa to “get some clout (?), get some more following behind but don’t actually have the money to fund.”
Also adding into the Rostermania discussion over Jordan “Reedy” Reed’s roster: Stephen “Vortex” Allen, Billy “Hawqeh” Harris, Bjarne “Denza” Sleebus and Robbe “Nevo” Dhondt. However, speaking on the podcast hosted by Chris Tunn and Alan Bricey: Spitfire, Reedy explained the drop of Nevo, who secured one of the 16 qualifying spots at the CWL LCQs last season and placing T24 at Champs’ under Brash Esports. With Nevo being of Belgian descent, he finds it difficult to communicate with his teammates. With that being said, Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan will be the new addition to the roster. Fortunately for the Belgian, he will be teaming alongside Sam “Chain” Dineley, Jack “Maple” McCartney, “Dylan” Henderson and Sam “Colgate”.
Following the issues regarding Black Ops 4, players from a recreational and competitive perspective saw a server downgrade from the Beta. During the beta, players were playing at 60 MHz (megahertz), but found post-release that they were then playing at 20 MHz. Bofferz explained this issue further for those who may not understand the effect of dropping MHz; stating that the reason behind this may be due to an increase in more servers (considering the volume of players online since release) but a drop in MHz means a decrease in having a smooth connection.
An Update on the ACL 2019
The ACL 2019 (Arena Call of Duty League) was revealed last month with a £6,000 prize pool in the Winter Championship. Early bird team passes are still available at £65. The first 5k series will kick off on Saturday 27 October 2018, casted by Nfinity and Bofferz. Legion Gaming have become the first team to be announced in the Winter Championship including Josh “Watson”, Louis “LouiCM” Morton, Jamie “Jambo” Lambert, Laurens “Subsist” Schuurmans and Koomali “Traudey” Hassan. Each player who participates in the ACL 2019 will also receive their personalised digital player card.
The Big Question
This week’s big question is: “What will the CWL ruleset look like?” To get involved with the question and express your views on our big question, head over to Twitter using the hashtag: #ESPUAsks.
Nfinity hit the discussion regarding the ruleset over the use of specialists in game. With the likes of GameBattles removing all specialist equipment in variant matches. Tactical Rab compared the specialists in Call of Duty are to champions in League of Legends. In LoL, there are many alternative champions to use when an opposing player chooses. However in Call of Duty, none of the specialists are countable.
Please do voice your opinions onto us at Esports Universe as we’d love to know how you feel about the ruleset. Episode 2 will be up and running next Wednesday evening at 8:30pm BST.